Warriors face Pelicans in second round of playoffs

Warriors face Pelicans in second round of playoffs

"He's a brother of mine, so I'm happy to see him finally get to the conference finals". If they succeed to defeat the Warriors, Paul may have the opportunity to face his close pal, LeBron James, in the 2018 NBA Finals. For the moment, Cavaliers fans have quit fretting about where LeBron might end up after this season. After Houston forged an 11-point lead on two Clint Capela free throws at the 7:16 mark, Mitchell ignited a 12-0 run with a step-back jumper, a layup through a foul, and an assist on a corner 3 by Burks.

"He's been doing this for a long time", Celtics forward Marcus Smart told reporters.

"He's a great player, one of the best in the league and a future Hall of Famer". We got them. Got to go out and play.

"We played (the Rockets) in the conference finals in '15, and he was Dwight (Howard's) backup", Kerr said. In fact, the Warriors, as good as they were this season after racking up 58 wins, were not the juggernaut that blazed through last year's regular season with 67 wins or the previous year in which they went a staggering 73-9.

The Rockets won two of three regular season matchups, which gives them a solid sense of confidence entering the series. However, they are aware of how risky the Celtics can be.

"To win a championship you have to do something that's going to make you uncomfortable". They paced themselves a bit this season and Stephen Curry's injury could prove to be blessing, since his six weeks on the injured list could leave him with fresher legs. The team has been open in saying that they built their team to challenge the Warriors and now they'll get their chance. They suffered only one slippage in Game 4, but they have displayed their championship level defense once again. The next round could be the most challenging matchup for the Rockets since they will be facing the reigning National Basketball Association champions, Golden State Warriors.

Houston hold the advantage having home-court going into the series and many have backed them to knock the Warriors off their perch.

Now the semifinals have started, as the Golden State Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans.

During the first round, the Rockets, the 1-seed, defeated the 8-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in five games averaging 110.4 points, giving up 101.6. Instead of constantly bombing threes, they're mixing in a lot more mid-range shots and utilizing their cutting action more. "We just kicked everyone's (expletive) playing the way everybody complained about!" Everybody's excited about it. So I believe focusing on Kevin Love and the array of Cleveland shooters will serve them best.

The Warriors have also cruised through the postseason thus far with series wins over the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Without Cousins, Davis and Rondo have been the focal point of their offense for the second half of their season. This will be a tough series for both teams. "That would be a real concern for me". Whoever is in the way of that goal, then we got to see you.

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